One of the most common meat types in all of the world, and consumed by billions of people: chicken. Statistically, chicken meat is consumed on an average of 276 million kilos per day, which means that about 55 million of these birds are consumed per day. So, how do you produce 55 million chicken for people who consume roughly 14.5 kilos of chicken per annum? The answer is simple: you mess up chicken genes, accelerate their growth, and feed them chemical diet so that their meat weighs more in fewer days. However, there is an edge.
After the discovery of Arsenic inside the chicken meat, people should now be aware of the health risks involved in eating poultry chicken rather than a local one, the desi one. As researchers start to probe into the health risks involved with such a poultry meat they have come across another eyebrow-raising discovery. Chicken meat, the breast specifically, has started to show white stripes on them. Although the ‘striped’ meat is fit for consumption, however, it speaks about the conditions a chicken was raised in.
Although a popular source of proteins, chicken breast containing stripes, are of a degraded quality and have a fat content 224% more than the normal meat. Since poultry farmers are receiving an increasing demand for the meat, the only possible way to raise a chicken with more meat in fewer days is by pushing their growth more than what the muscles of the chicken can take. This results in the formation of stretch mark like stripes on the meat as shown in the image. According to a research conducted by America’s National Chicken Council, a chicken is slaughtered and its meat sent to the market in just 47 days. Surprisingly, it weighs in at an average 6 pounds at the time of slaughtering already.
An experiment revealed that about 96% of chicken breast tested contained either white stripes or woody breasts – which means tougher meat. While chicken might be your favorite meat and a good source of proteins, it may be best for you to either look for alternatives of protein source, or carefully select meat with no stripes, or shift yourself to buying a naturally grown chicken. Eat safe!